Tuesday 1 November 2016

I'm NaBloPoMo-ing After All

   I said I probably wouldn't do NaBloPoMo this year. In truth, you're probably surprised that I do the blogging one rather than the novel one, but as I'm writing my book almost every day, every month already anyway, I have little desire to work on something new for a month. You've probably noticed that I never finish them. If I'm going to write anything creatively, it's going to be either a very short story I can get done in a few days, or it's going to be my book which I fully intend to publish rather than dump on my blog. Too many worlds and too many stories floating around and they will all suffer.
   So I prefer to blog every day for a month instead, and with Christmas around the corner, I usually find it easier to come up with content.
   But every year - and I've done NaBloPoMo for the past four years - I struggle to come up with worthwhile content every day. I end up babbling, I get stressed, and then I suffer because I'm also trying to balance my shop - by this point of the year my book is already being pushed onto the back burner, despite it being the most important thing I do - and then I end up despising my blog for the unnecessary strain.
   But I do enjoy blogging, and like I said, with Christmas around the corner, I find it easier to come up with content in November than any other time of the year.
   So, I decided I would do it this year after all - with one contradictory caveat: I'm not blogging every day.

   I spent a lot of October putting together a blogging schedule instead, as well as compiling some posts, and it's worked out that I'm already prepared to post just about every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this month, leaving Tuesdays and Thursdays open. If I don't blog those days, I don't blog, but if something comes up - a product review or a passing thought I'd like to share - then I have the opportunity to do it, and that, I feel, is as it should be. The pressure of having to blog every day just forces out rubbish posts no one wants to see.
   Instead I've put together gift guides, festive crafts (it's been so long since I've posted any actual crafts), Etsy finds, fitness and general posts, and some will even spill over into December - and that's another reason I try to do NaBloPoMo every year: it brings my blog back to life in time for my favourite season, which, once the need to blog every day has passed, helps me to enjoy Christmas all the more.

   Last year I did put together a '25 Photos Until Christmas' event - the idea was that you took a festive photo every day from December 1st to December 25th, capturing what you love about Christmas. I'd like to say I'll be doing it again this year, but I don't know how likely that is. I'll try, but as with this month, if I don't manage every day, so be it.

   Who else is participating in NaBloPoMo this month? Or National Novel Writing Month? Link your blog in the comments - and if it's fantasy, I'm certainly interested in reading your work!

NaBloPoMo November 2016


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